Nedap completes parking and access control projects in Italy and Australia


Netherlands-based developer of vehicle identification and smart parking systems Nedap has recently completed access control and parking guidance systems in Italy and Australia.

The Italian soft drinks company San Pellegrino, which produces more than 500 million bottles of mineral water per year, required a system that ensured that only authorized vehicles and drivers gained access to its main distribution center. The company selected Nedap’s long-range vehicle identification system, which was deployed (above) by Italian access control and security company Microntel, with the collaboration of services company ADP. Nedap’s Transit Ultimate semi-active RFID (radio frequency identification) readers were installed to provide vehicle access control at the entrances and exits of the site, with the units able to identify vehicles and their drivers up to 32ft (10m) away.

Nedap’s patented Prox-Booster long-range vehicle identification tag was used to ensure that only valid combinations of drivers and vehicles get access, as it is ideal when vehicles are used by different drivers. The Prox-Booster supports the standard 125kHz EM card, which is the existing driver credential applied for access control throughout the site. As well as the Prox- Booster, Nedap’s Window Button Switch is used for identification of vehicles that get occasional or temporary access to the site, as the tag is designed for applications where the driver determines the time and distance of the identification activation.

Once the vehicle and driver are identified by the Transit Ultimate reader, Microntel’s access management system verifies the authorization of the combination and opens the barrier. Every activity is then registered in a log file for data processing.

In Australia, Nedap’s Sensit parking guidance system (below) was chosen and installed at the headquarters of a leading global discount supermarket chain. Located in Minchinbury, New South Wales, the retailer required a parking guidance system to indicate the available parking bays in the car park and outdoor parking area. Australian systems integrator Holman Engineering implemented a solution that uses optical sensors above each parking bay to determine the status of the indoor parking spaces. Nedap’s Sensit wireless parking sensors were deployed to monitor occupancy of the outdoor parking bays. The Sensit units detect in real time whether or not the individual parking bays are occupied, and how long they have been in use.

The Sensit Surface Mount vehicle detection sensor is glued onto the surface of parking bays, offering quick and easy installation. The sensor features dual detection technology, using both infrared and electromagnetic systems, which ensures highly accurate detection. The real-time occupancy information on all parking bays is displayed on several displays along the road that indicate the number of available parking bays for visitors and in the general car parks. The sensors connect to the web interface on the Holman back office system, which allows the operator to create many different reports, as well as see the status of the car park graphically.

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